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I am bad for finding this funny, but it's damn funny.

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I am bad for finding this funny, but it's damn funny.

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You know, there are few pleasures in the world to compare with the pleasure of having Diamanda Galas on when your freakishly Christian coworker comes into your office to drop something off. Diamanda singing in Greek, at her most strident and accusatory and bereaved.
Said coworker is Chinese-American, and is freakishly Christian in the way that only a first-generation Chinese-American (yes, both his parents were emigres from China) can be. This is the coworker who it took about 20 minutes to describe a badger to. This is the coworker who had an involved and prolonged interrogatory conversation with me regarding the freshness of the milk in the refridgerator, to which he contributed 'there's a sign that says the milk is bad?' and 'Why does it say that?'.
And Over.

And he just walked into my office and stared at the speakers and said Utterly Nothing other than 'here's the documents I did yesterday'.

Hahahahaha. I am cruel... but I just can't stop snickering.

Oh, and the new album by Ms. Galas titled Deifixiones? Very good. For fans, think 'Saint of the Pit meets Greek, Armenian, Turkish and Middle-Eastern musical themes'. For non-fans, think of a 3-octave range examining all the themes above in four different languages, as a denunciation of the ruthless eradication of Armenian people which the Turks perpetrated from 1914 - 1923- and a denunication of the world's history which has forgotten about this entirely.

Disturbing shit, yeah, but let's face it; you don't LISTEN to Diamanda Galas for comfort, DO you.
I think this may, actually, be her most solid album yet, artistically. But good christ the reviews are funny.

'The thinking person’s Marilyn Manson, Diamanda Galas’ music makes the bleakest mid-'90s work of PJ Harvey sound sunny and optimistic.'

'This record has everything from, "blues to Byzantine scales," professes Galas, a Greek / American diva who wouldn't really look out of place at an Addam's Family bar-b-q.'

See, I can SEE the scene in Addams' Family Values with her in it, too.

'Oh, and this is Gomez's favorite cousin, Diamanda, Mr. Jones.'
'A pleasure to meet you, Diamanda.'
*aside* '...erm, Tourette's?'
*whispered* 'No! She's an artist.'
  • *bwahahaha*

    Oh, yes very evil, but exquisite. I do love the lost Addams Family scene - it's perfect!

    Diamanda seems a favorite among goth medievalists, particularly the songs that sound like Medea composing a soundtrack for the bastard breed of Poe and Lovecraft. I don't own any of her stuff myself, but if I were to add some to my collection, which albums do you think are her best (and why)?


    For I - am I not a dissonance / in the divine accord,
    because of the greedy Irony / which infiltrates my soul?

    • Re: *bwahahaha*

      My first Diamanda album was Plague Mass. However, it was my first because the particular minority that she's holding up and saying 'how DARE you ignore these people???' are HIV patients. The album was born out of her grief and torment over her brother's death via HIV-- and his terrible treatment in the hospital.
      Given that I've had issues with HIV taking the lives of many people I've loved dearly, this album was recommended to me. I still listen to it when I feel the need to mourn: it just rips me open.
      Plague Mass is a live performance at St. John the Divine of several pieces of a trio of albums which are, collectively, referred to as Masque of the Red Death. One of these albums is Saint of the Pit, which I would call her most accessible album. The reason for my certainty of this, though, is perhaps because it's mostly in French, which I'm semi-fluent in.
      Malediction & Prayer is also very accessible: a lot of it is covers. Her rendition of 'Gloomy Sunday' completely fucking owns Billie Holiday's, in my opinion. And you can't go wrong taking Baudelaire's Abel et Cain and setting it to music, either.

      Amazon does offer sample tracks off a few of her albums, so you can nose around a bit and see what sounds intriguing.
      • I've had Plague Mass recommended as a must-have for Samhain (if one does Samhain like we do -- all heavy on catharsis), so your additional vote will make sure I find that one in particular. And if she's doing Billie Holliday, then Malediction will be a must, too. (*smirk* I wonder what David Sedaris thinks of that version?)

        It's refreshing to listen to music in other languages, and sometimes it makes it ideal for background music while working (while my French is mediocre, I do love Edith Piaf and Gabriel Yacoub.) Thanks for the tips, Colubra!
  • Well...

    Oh, only via livejournal. Seems we have some mutual friends.
  • Re:

    And you're only noticing this now? *laughing*

    Silly Yote, we don't, at least not really. I found Colubra via your journal, and friended him back when he was posting mad libs (last summer, I think). In the meantime, he has graciously tolerated my random responses to his musings... *grin*

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